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Senate Labor-HHS-Education Bill Has Wins for CIS

By Communities In Schools | Nov. 8, 2021

Communities In Schools® (CIS™), the national organization that ensures every student, regardless of race, zip code, or socioeconomic background has what they need to realize their potential in school and beyond, thanks Senator Murray for her continued support of our nation’s youth.  

On Monday, October 18, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) released Senate Democratic versions of the nine outstanding FY 2022 appropriations bills. The Labor-HHS-Education measure contains a number of positive developments in the form of increases to key programs and Community Project funds that help to ensure equity in education and opportunity. 

The Senate Democratic version contains:  

  • $400 million for Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS), a historic increase from its current funding level of $30 million 
  • $33.1 billion for Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a near doubling of funding for the program 
  • $100 million for Title IV-A of ESSA (Student Support and Academic Enrichment program) 
  • $900,000 in congressionally-directed spending for CIS of Washington (Community Project) 
  • $1.8 million to implement a statewide community school strategy in New Mexico (Community Project) 

The proposed increases to Title I and Title IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Full-Service Community Schools program (FSCS), and other funding designated for Community Schools in Washington state and in the state of New Mexico, help CIS to accomplish this mission. We were pleased to see a near doubling of Title I of ESSA and a historical increase to the FSCS program. 

Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest provider of evidence-based integrated student supports (ISS). Integrated student supports are a school-based approach to promoting students’ academic success by developing or securing and coordinating supports that target academic and non-academic barriers to achievement.  

The CIS model is cost-effective and sustainable by operating on a cost-share model that allows for sustainable program growth from multiple funding sources. By blending and braiding federal dollars with private funding, we stand ready to implement our ISS model in many more schools should these funding designations remain in the final approved appropriations bill.  

Demand for CIS is greater than ever with more and more communities wanting to have CIS in their schools. Over the past three years: 

  • CIS served 477 new schools (2,900 total) + 224,000 new students 
  • 96% of CIS case-managed students graduated or received a GED 
  • CIS formed 1,084 new partnerships with organizations (2019-2020) 

Communities recognize that teachers and principals cannot alone remove all of the academic and non-academic barriers to student success. The funding increases to Title I, Title IV-A, and FSCS enable communities to bring programs and services to schools that create a more equitable start for all students. 

We call on Senator Murray, as Chair of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, to continue championing these funding increases and Community Project funding designations as the appropriations process continues. We urge all Senators to support these incredibly important funding increases as the measure moves to a vote. 

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